Maine Students and Teachers Raising Money for School’s Young Service Dog in Need of 3 Surgeries
Ory, a 16-month-old dog, was recently diagnosed with hip dysplasia and degenerative hips as well as torn ACLs in both of her knees.
The students and staff at a Maine elementary school are rallying around a beloved service dog who has had a “ruff” few months.
Ory, a 16-month-old pup, joined the Willard School’s special education department with three other dogs last year, according to local news station WMTW.
She was recently diagnosed with hip dysplasia (a joint deformity common among certain breeds), degenerative hips, and torn ACLs in both knees. The ailing pooch already had ectopic ureter surgery in the fall to correct an issue in her urinary tract. Now, she needs three surgeries to repair her hips and knees.
Ory started working with the students when she was eight weeks old and is “an integral part of our class,” Jones said. As a service dog, Ory helps calm students and de-escalate emotional meltdowns, among other responsibilities.
“She’s only 16 months and she deserves that opportunity to have a great life. The vet said her life will be amazing once this is done and dealt with,” Christen Suratt, a teacher at Willard School who works with Ory, told WMTW.